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Interagency Education Program Specialist

Education Program Specialist II

Recruitment #22-005056-0019


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.




Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional, contractual position serving as a technical specialist responsible for the direct oversight of interagency collaborative initiatives on behalf of the Division of Early Intervention and Special Education Services (DEI/SES) in addressing issues that affect children from birth through age 21.


Provides oversight and coordination of interagency collaborative initiatives.
  • Coordinates and directs specific interagency departmental efforts related to special education, health, juvenile services, and social services.
  • Provides technical assistance, programmatic support, and appropriate follow-up to MSDE staff interagency related requests pertaining to mental and behavioral health, juvenile services, social services, and developmental disabilities.
  • Represents the DEI/SES on various task forces and workgroups.
  • On behalf of DEI/SES, provides technical support to interagency initiatives, including coordinating work plans between the Departments of Education, Health, Juvenile Services, and Human Services·
  • Communicates orally and in writing with the Assistant State Superintendent and Branch Chief regarding all aspects of interagency activities.
  • Researches, analyzes, and reports on current and emerging issues impacting children with disabilities, birth – 21 and their families, and recommends positions, policies, and actions on behalf of the Division.
  • Coordinates short- and long-range plans for interagency initiatives and activities.
  • Monitors program implementation, reviews recommendations and program modifications, provides program summaries, and recommends positions and actions to the Branch Chief and Assistant State Superintendent.
  • Represents the DEI/SES on interagency strategic planning initiatives in the areas of mental and behavioral health and education.
  • Responsible for coordination and the provision of technical assistance efforts in mental and behavioral health.
  • Supports the review and implementation of discretionary grants directly related to the work of the DEI/SES.
  • Provides technical assistance and coordination efforts of the Positive Behavioral Intervention (PBIS)/Special Schools initiative in collaboration with the Division of Student, Family and School Support.
  • Represents the Division on the Statewide PBIS team including  providing oversight of all DEI/SES related PBIS. 
  • Represents the Division at local and national conferences.
  • Supports Branch and Division staff regarding interagency initiatives.
  • Provides direct oversight to special program initiatives as assigned.
  • Prepares briefings and support materials as assigned.
  • Collaborates regarding legislation to make recommendations including talking points, written materials and follow-up.
  • Makes recommendations to the Assistant State Superintendent and the Branch Chief regarding the Division’s position or role on interagency initiatives.


EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 post baccalaureate credit hours of

course work in Education or Special Education or a related field.


EXPERIENCE: Five (5) years of professional administrative, programmatic support, or

teaching experience in or affiliated with special education or family support programs experience must be in coordinating or administering programs related to services for individuals with disabilities and their families.


Notes: Two additional years of experience as defined may substitute for the Master’s Degree.


  • Knowledge of special education laws regulations, policies, programs, issues and data systems.
  • Skill in responding effectively to problems and inquiries from school personnel and concerned stakeholders.
  • Skill interpreting and applying laws and regulations governing early intervention and special education programs; grant management, implementation & administration experience.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to establish & maintain harmonious working relationships with local school systems and local lead agencies.
  • Ability to clearly communicate orally & in writing.


Applicants must consent to State and FBI (CJIS) background check as a routine procedure for all employees.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified. The resulting list of qualified candidates will be in effect for at least one year.



Applicants must complete the MD State Government online application for employment -AND- submit their professional resume. The application and resume must clearly demonstrate that the applicant satisfies the minimum qualifications for the position. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application, submitted to the fax number, or mailed to the address listed.


If you are unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and be faxed to 410-333-8950 or mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application. Postmarks will not be accepted.  


Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0019, TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities. If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay. 


Proof of eligibility to work is required in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.


As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. Individuals with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.


All application materials must be received in our office by the Closing Date.

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